The Kremlin is considering equipping the military functions to fight drug cartels

[Russian Air Force practiced aerial elimination of drug field and lab sources in Afghanistan, during recent SCO “Peace Mission 2010” exercises is Kazakhstan, in preparation for possible military counter-narcotics missions in Afghanistan.  If Russian military forces (including air force) actually join with Western forces in Afghanistan then the game will be over; the Taliban will have no place left to hide.]

The Kremlin is considering equipping the military functions to fight drug cartels

Mukhin

Viktor Ivanov intends to win the drug barons with the help of the army.
The presidential administration is preparing a draft presidential decree, Dmitry Medvedev, the inclusion of the State anti-drug committee (SAC) representative of the military. Apparently, this representative will be Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces Nikolai Makarov. It is the army leadership’s intention to entrust the function of combating organized armed groups engaged in drug trafficking from Afghanistan through neighboring CIS countries in Russia and Europe. A General Staff will manage this process. Such information is provided “NG” a Kremlin source.

“It’s a paradox: in the current SAC presents almost all the ministries down to sports and recreation, but officials of the Defense Ministry is not there – shared their opinions with” NG “officer of the Federal Service for Drug Control (FSKN), who asked not to be name. – Although the experience of many countries in Latin America and Southern Europe is well-armed army and navy to help police fight gangs of drug cartels. ”

As the source stressed, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the Federal Drug Control Service does not have special forces capable to deal with major organized narkobandami, and here have a role to play Army and Navy. The officer referred to the chairman’s statement HOOK, director of the Federal Service for Drug Control Viktor Ivanov, who last Friday said the need to “form a counter-narcotics forces in the Defense Ministry in order to use the facilities of the military authorities in opposition to large-scale drug trafficking.” According to Ivanov, is due to the fact that “drug criminals are increasingly using firearms, including automatic and grenade launchers.” Military units could serve as analytic functions and power, the head of Federal Drug Control Service.

Viktor Ivanov is not the first time in favor of bringing the army to fight organized drug crime. As you know, at the end of June this year he called for the emergence in southern Kyrgyzstan Russia’s new military base to combat drug trafficking. And now the Ministry of Defense leadership is already in talks on this issue with the Kyrgyz side. True, the powers and functions of a Russian military facility, which is scheduled to deploy to Kyrgyzstan, will be broader. Although it is likely that Russian troops would be ready to fight with organized narkobandami.

Defense Ministry official reaction to the initiatives of the head of Federal Drug Control Service to bring the army for anti-drug fight has not yet been reported. However, in the expert community there is a consensus that the leadership of the Defense Ministry will not object to providing him with such additional powers. Even more than that – one of the officers Glavkomata Air Force in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta did not rule out that “if a political decision is Air Force is ready to fight against poppy cultivation and its processing factories in opium and heroin in Afghanistan.” According to him, such training and combat missions already practiced. Among them was done on working out ended last Saturday in Kazakhstan anti-terror exercises SCO “Peace Mission 2010”, which went together with my colleagues on the SCO, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

According to Russia’s permanent representative to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, the initiative of Viktor Ivanov on bringing troops to fight organized drug crime “very relevant”.He was confident that the Russian army could play an important role in strengthening the state border of Russia with other CIS countries. This is even more significant, “since NATO troops do not pay enough attention to the fight against drugs in Afghanistan.” Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, who has long headed the Defense Ministry General Directorate of International Military Cooperation, also believes that the involvement of the military department in the fight against drug cartels – “a reasonable and essential phenomenon.” According to him, the army will deal with here is quite specific cases related to the strengthening of state security. Especially in the Joint Staff, he believes, is capable and effective intelligence structures, which can also make a significant contribution to the fight against drug trafficking.

09.27.2010 / Vladimir Mukhin

Source – The Independent Newspaper

Breaking Israel’s Stranglehold over American Foreign Policy

The Truth Will Set U.S. Free:

Breaking Israel’s Stranglehold over American Foreign Policy

If Israel’s stranglehold over U.S. foreign policy is to be broken, Americans will need to be informed about the harm that Washington’s unconditional support for the Jewish state is doing to American interests, say leading analysts of U.S.-Israeli relations.

According to John J. Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, “The only plausible way to weaken the lobby’s influence on U.S. foreign policy is for prominent policymakers and opinion-makers to speak openly about the damage the special relationship is doing to the American national interest.”

“Plenty of people in the United States, especially inside the Beltway, know that Israel is an albatross around America’s neck,” says Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. “But they are afraid to stand up and say that for fear that the lobby will attack them and damage their careers.”

“Hopefully, some of them will develop a backbone,” he adds.

Philip Giraldi, executive director of the Council for the National Interest, believes that Tel Aviv’s stranglehold over Washington can be broken “only by directly challenging the power of the Israel lobby and the false narrative about how it is of value to the United States.”

Giraldi, a contributing editor to The American Conservative, says that “it must be done from the bottom up as Israel cannot be challenged in the mainstream media, Congress, and in the White House.”

“The American people must learn that Israel is and always has been a strategic liability that has done immense damage to the United States and its worldwide interests,” concludes the former CIA officer.

If there is to be an end to Israel’s decades-long “sway over Congress and intimidating presidents,” says Jeffrey Blankfort, a prominent Jewish American critic of Israel and its American lobby, “it will require appeals and actions beginning on a local level that inform the American people not so much about what Israel has done to the Palestinians but what its unregistered agents in the U.S., euphemistically described as ‘lobbyists,’ have done to destroy what little is left of American democracy and the attendant costs in flesh and blood, as well as its tax dollars.”

A long-time pro-Palestinian activist noted for his trenchant critique of Noam Chomsky, Blankfort attributes the failure of such efforts to get off the ground to “the continued unwillingness of the leading figures of the Palestinian solidarity movement in the U.S. to acknowledge the invidious power of the Zionist Lobby,” who, following Chomsky’s anti-imperialist analysis, prefer to “place the primary responsibility for Israel’s crimes and U.S. Middle East policies at Washington’s doorstep.”

“So the first steps,” Blankfort suggests, “may be to publicly challenge these figures while at the same time moving past them and addressing the American people directly.”

No American President will ever have enough latitude to resolve the conflict in Palestine “unless and until enough Americans are informed enough to make their democracy work,” according to Alan Hart, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Britain’s Independent Television News.

“In other words,” explains Hart, who was also a BBC Panorama presenter specializing in the Middle East, “if President Obama or any of his successors is ever going to be free to confront and defeat the Zionist lobby’s stooges in Congress and the mainstream media, there has got to be created a constituency of understanding about why it is not in America’s own best interests to go on supporting Zionism’s monster child right or wrong.”

The essence of the problem, Hart argues in the three-volume American edition of his book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is that “Americans have been conditioned, brainwashed, to believe a version of history, Zionism’s version, which is a pack of propaganda lies.”

Jeff Gates, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, believes that “transparency, accountability and better design” are required to break Israel’s hold on American foreign policy.

“At present, the American public is ignorant of Israel’s all-pervasive influence. Its control includes the media-enabled deployment of fixed intelligence to induce this nation to war for Greater Israel,” says Gates, author of Guilt By Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War.

“We will know that accountability is underway when we see federal grand juries convened to consider charges against Israel’s agents, assets and sayanim (volunteers). When a jury brings in the first verdict for treason, Americans will know that the rule of law is being restored. We will know that a solution is within sight when the many appendages of its lobby are required to register as foreign agents.”

Maidhc Ó Cathail is a widely published writer based in Japan.

Escalation of Drone Attacks Coincides With Kandahar Offensive–No Coincidence

[American airborne terror bombings are having the desired effect for the desired reasons, to provoke violence which will justify an outright invasion of Pakistan by American/NATO Special Forces troops, accompanied by intensive air support.  This is criminal aggression of the first order and the world sits idly by, doing nothing, except drooling over the possibility of getting in on the American gravy train as pay-off for their silence.  If it doesn’t make you sick, it should.]

Repeated U.S. drone strikes could spark another round of terrorist attacks in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — At least nine people were killed and another two injured in three U.S. drone strikes launched on Sunday evening in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local media.

According to the reports, the U.S. drones launched three strikes at different targets in Miranshah, North Waziristan, a place bordering Afghanistan, which is believed to be one of the strongholds of militants in Pakistan.

During the first strike, the U.S. drones fired three missiles at a house located at the Datta Khel Road in Miranshah, killing at least four people and injuring two others.

In the second strike, six to seven U.S. drones seen hovering over Miranshah fired five missiles at a target at the Tarmano Road in the area, killing at least three people.

In the third strike, the U.S. drones fired one missile at another target in the Miranshah, killing at least two people.

The third strike launched by U.S. drones on Sunday evening counts for the eighth of its kind over the past week. Starting from last Sunday, the U.S. drones have apparently stepped up its strike against the militants hiding in Pakistan’s northwest tribal areas of North Waziristan and South Waziristan. So far over 40 people including some important militant leaders have reportedly been killed in the strikes since last Sunday.

The so-called precision strikes of the U.S. drones against militants have also mistakenly killed many other innocent people. There are reports saying that the death ratio of militants killed against civilians in such strikes stands at about 1 against 25, leading to a strong anti-American sentiment in the country.

Local watchers believe that the repeated U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, plus the recent sentencing of a Pakistani female scientist named Aafia Siddiqui to 86-year imprisonment by a US court over terrorism charges, could lead to another round of fierce terrorist attacks in the country.

On Saturday night three NATO oil tankers were attacked by Taliban in Pakistan and Pakistan Talibans have threatened to continue attacks on NATO convoys supplying goods to the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan through the land route of Pakistan unless Aafia Siddiqui, a female Pakistani scientist recently sentenced to 86-year imprisonment by a US court, is released and returned to Pakistan.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

Reports from Turkish Weekly That PKK Leaving Turkey

[If this report is correct, then it will probably mean that the PKK will substantially increase its strength in Northern Iraq, just in time for the battle for permanent partition of the country really heats-up.]

PKK Militants Leaving Turkey

Militants of the terrorist organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) are promptly leaving the territory of Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Taraf wrote.

According to the newspaper, the leader of the organization, Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence in Imrali island prison, ordered the militants to leave the areas, where a probability of clashes with Turkish troops is high, CNN Turk reported.

Commenting on this report, President Abdullah Gul said on Sunday that Turkey would not allow any terrorist group to operate on its soil.

“If they have understood this, it is a good development,” – Gul said.

Indian Press Carries Rumor of Pakistani Taliban (TTP) Plans for Hit on Gen. Kayani

[Consider this report to be pure disinformation to quell recent reports of Kayani meeting with Taliban, including Haqqanis.  Believe it only if it comes to pass, successfully.]

Kayani, corps commanders on Pak Taliban’s hit list: Intelligence agencies

2010-09-27 15:20:00
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is planning to target Pakistan Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani and corps commanders, intelligence agencies have warned.

The warning about attacks on the high profile officials came after they received details of a Taliban meeting held in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

According to The Nation, the participants at the meeting discussed the arrangements for future terrorist activities and decided to launch an effective terrorist operation to eliminate the pro-American elements in the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments.

The intelligence report also pointed out that planning of the recent terrorist attacks, including the attack on the American Consulate in Peshawar, had been the part of the said meeting.

“It has been further learnt that it was also decided in this meeting to target Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and corps commanders close to him in the near future” the report mentioned. (ANI)

Russia and China sign series of energy agreements

Russia and China sign series of energy agreements

Medvedev and Hu JintaoThe presidents of Russia and China toast the signing of a series of deals on energy co-operation

China and Russia have signed a series of agreements to boost energy co-operation during a ceremony to open an oil pipeline between the countries.

Leaders of the two nations agreed deals on gas supplies, energy efficiency, renewable energy and nuclear power.

President Dmitry Medvedev is visiting China, where he and President Hu Jintao opened a pipeline that will supply Russian oil under a 20-year deal.

Both sides hailed the move as a “new era” in co-operation.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told reporters in Beijing that Russia was in talks with China on plans to supply natural gas from 2015.

“Russia is ready to meet China’s full demand in gas”, said Mr Sechin.

However, while it is thought that the two sides have agreed terms on the volume of gas to be supplied, they have not agreed a price.

‘Milestone’

In August, Russia opened its section of a 625-mile (1,000km) oil pipeline from eastern Siberia to China.

The pipe connects Russian oil fields with Daqing, a major oil production base in northeastern China.

“Both sides believe that the current strategic partnership between China and Russia stands at a new starting point,” President Hu said.

“The smooth completion of the pipeline project is a model of the two countries’ mutually beneficial win-win cooperation and a milestone for Sino-Russian energy co-operation.”

The Crisis of Consciousness

The Crisis of Consciousness

Featured Columnist – Meditations
Martin LeFevre

There’s a lot of talk these days about a “revolution in consciousness.” The vast portion of it is just that—talk.

It simply isn’t true to say “we’re in the middle of a revolution in consciousness.” But does the verbiage indicate that a genuine change is occurring in man’s consciousness? No, not at this point.

A revolution in consciousness refers to a radically different way of perceiving and thinking about nature and the world, not the knowledge neuroscientists are gaining into the mechanics of mental processes. It’s brainless to equate a revolution in consciousness with brain research.

Much more importantly, the darkening and delimiting of man’s consciousness is increasing exponentially. That’s primarily because the fundamental assumption at the core of what we think of as consciousness—the center as self—not only remains unchallenged, but is idolized.

As the crisis of consciousness intensifies, some commentators are reviving the old Freudian division of the conscious and unconscious minds. That old idea certainly won’t provide a light at the end of the infinitely regressing tunnel.

The unconscious level is no more important or intelligent than the conscious mind. It’s largely the storehouse of unexperienced experiences and unfelt emotions. In other words, the unconscious is the repository of unexamined conditioning. And psychological conditioning is never intelligent.

The unconscious level is the active dimension of the past. Without self-knowing, people act out of it, and become conduits for the growing darkness of collective consciousness.

Dispensing with the silly distinction between the conscious and unconscious levels, and without creating another duality, we need to make a sharp distinction between two orders of consciousness. Only then can we give any clear and coherent meaning to a revolution in consciousness.

There is the consciousness we generally experience, based on thought and memory. But with the ending of that consciousness, even momentarily, there is another consciousness, which flows from awareness and insight.

In other words, the brain dominated by thought generates the consciousness we know. But there is another kind of consciousness altogether, which awakens in the brain (and is infinitely greater than thought-consciousness) when thought falls essentially silent.

Most of us, most of the time, have a partial consciousness based on thought, which blocks and precludes true consciousness. Moreover, that partial consciousness, which once contained the richness of myth and tradition, is devolving dangerously in humankind.

What reverses the movement of darkness within man, individually and collectively, and awakens the consciousness of the cosmos in the human being?

There is no method, but I find that the negation of memory and experience in the act of undivided, unwilled attention in the mirror of nature creates a profound shift in consciousness.

The action of spontaneous, undirected attention quiets and cleanses the brain, temporarily at least, of its useless, accumulated content, allowing the mind to fall silent and participate in the consciousness of the cosmos.

To my mind, that is the true meaning of meditation, which entails the ending of thought. For millennia people have tried every trick and technique to achieve a deeply quiet mind, but these are also devices and products of thought. The silence they produce is a specious one, a form of self-hypnosis.

Is the endarkenment of consciousness inevitable with the evolution of sentient species? Apparently, since thought-consciousness accumulates harmful content over the centuries, eventually producing the crisis of consciousness we see in man today. It’s a process exactly the opposite of Teilhard de Chardin’s progressive evolution toward an ‘Omega Point.’

Can the dark matter of thought-consciousness ignite, allowing true consciousness to emerge? What would an actual revolution in consciousness (which again, has nothing to do with scientific knowledge or the conditioning of the unconscious) look like?

There have been two great creative explosions since the beginning of civilization. They produced the previous differences in consciousness between the East and West.

The Greek explosion was primarily intellectual and materialistic, emphasizing the rational mind of the West, at the expense of the emotional and spiritual dimension in the human being.

The other creative explosion occurred in India at the time of the Buddha, and was deeply inward, spiritual, and affective in nature. It is, as far as I know, the only precedent for the revolution in consciousness essential to the survival and flowering of humanity.

This is perhaps why Buddhism has such appeal in the deracinated West. But as Buddhism became an encrusted tradition as well, it slowly lost its insight and perfume. Besides, tradition itself is dead, and has become a tremendous impediment to psychological revolution.

Humankind is in the thrall of thought-consciousness. Is the increasing pressure of man’s fragmentation of the earth and humanity using ‘higher thought’ driving us toward a true revolution in consciousness?

Martin LeFevre

martinlefevre@sbcglobal.net